Good news! The Home is back on the Range!

Fellow blogger, author and friend in meatspace and cyberspace, Brigid, has returned to active blogging.  She has a post up explaining what made her stop for a while. Brigid’s always been one of the more thoughtful and thought-provoking bloggers out there.  She has depths to her, and is able to express them poetically and poignantly.  If you’ve been a fan of hers in the past, you’ll rejoice with me that she’s back.  If you haven’t read her work before, it’s high time you did! Click over to “Home on the Range” and bookmark it for future reference. Peter

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A proverb I’d never heard before

A tip o’ the hat to Larry Lambert at Virtual Mirage for bringing this Russian proverb to my attention: The only place you find free cheese is in a mousetrap. I’d never heard it before.  It’s a good one, and I’ll be using it from now on, to go with Robert Heinlein’s famous TANSTAAFL. Peter

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Heh – weird feminist dingbat edition

Last week Wear Your Voice, an ‘intersectional feminist magazine’ (really?), published an article titled – wait for it – “If you’re going to date someone, you want to make sure they’re anti-oppression. Here are 10 things you should ask on a first date“. As a queer femme of color, I keep close relationships with people who go beyond allyship; they’re true accomplices in the fight against white supremacy, queerphobia and misogyny. If you’re not going to support marginalized folks, then we can’t be friends, let alone date. The personal is political. Beyond the lovely cushioning, happiness and support that we

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Sparse blogging today

Sorry about the not-so-prolific blogging today.  Life, the universe and everything are getting in the way – as is a sore arm from my annual flu shot. I’ll try to post something later this afternoon.  Meanwhile, please amuse yourselves with the folks in the sidebar.  They write good too! Peter

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More about IFAK’s (Individual First Aid Kits)

Following the Las Vegas shooting last month, I wrote about the need to keep an IFAK (Individual First Aid Kit) on hand if possible.  Even if one can’t use it to best effect oneself, one can make it available to emergency personnel, whose own supplies may run low in a mass casualty event like that.  Aesop added his own expert opinion on the subject.  If you haven’t already read both articles, I recommend doing so before continuing with this one. Regular readers will know that I’ve been friends with Kelly Grayson, a.k.a. Ambulance Driver, for many years.  He’s a senior and

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The Las Vegas shooter: many questions, few answers

There are so many weird things about the shooter in the Las Vegas massacre that they can make your head spin.  I’m not a conspiracy theorist by any stretch of the imagination – I’m the opposite, if there is such a critter! – but I have more than a passing knowledge of what’s generally called “tradecraft“, based on military training and experience, working with “interesting people” from the foreign equivalent of three-letter agencies, and some exposure to law enforcement.  All that background is causing my eyebrows to rise into my hairline when I read what’s coming out about the Las

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Larry Correia brings the smackdown again . . .

. . . this time responding to a particularly clueless and uninformed rant against firearm suppressors. The following post is from author Elizabeth Moon, who is an extremely good science fiction writer, but who apparently knows jack shit about guns. Which is kind of sad, since she was a Marine. There is so much wrong with this post that … I’m going to have to break it down and fisk it line by line … . . . There is so much nonsense in there that it is going to take some time to refute it all. This is a

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